If you just started following my V-Week blogs, I’m posting a video of myself performing a different cover song about love each of Monday through Thursday this week before posting a new original song on Friday. If you missed them, be sure to check out the other videos I’ve already posted:

1. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
2. “The One I Love” by David Gray
3. “Hold On” by Tom Waits
Or you can click here to go our YouTube page.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.  Image is a screen capture from a video of said performance available at http://youtube.com/graceatarms.

Doing things differently.

I’ve always considered similar experiences with different people to be completely different experiences. I make it a point to learn something from everyone I meet. Every time I’ve ever fallen in love has been the very first time.

This aspect of me is particularly fun when I meet new people because that new contact with an entire life’s worth of history, ideas, and attitudes provides so many opportunities to learn, to grow, and to explore.

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting a lot of new people lately, but one particularly interesting girl is an avid reader with a deep appreciation for vocabulary and its ability to not only describe but to shape our feelings. Since I feel like the pursuit of such powerful words are core to writing, I was shocked to find out that she’d never attempted to write a story or poem in her life!

The combined excitement of writing poetry and exploring her brain overwhelmed me and I declared that I would help her write her first poem. Her nervousness was dwarfed only by her certainty that she was going to make a fool of herself, but her vast experience with written language and her natural empathy and intelligence quickly silenced all doubt as she accidentally wrote her first poem–a simple, elegant, free-verse description of her appreciation for books–in a matter of minutes (she was actually just organizing her thoughts when I noticed that her notes were already poetry)!

Moved by her willingness to share such an (in my mind important) experience with me, and without a fourth song for this series, I offered to learn a song of her choice. Moved by her bravery, I decided that I was going to perform and record this song in a very different way from any I’d done before.

She chose “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

I built this:

A collection of microphones and light fixtures arranged by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in his living room in Valhalla to be used in the filming of Bastion's performance of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.  A video of said performance is available at http://youtube.com/graceatarms.

Change of plans…

My original idea was to film myself playing several instruments and then layer the audio files in the way that I do when recording albums. I would then splice the video clips together to create a little tapestry. Here are some screen shots from the video-gathering:

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.  Image is a screen capture from a video of said performance available at http://youtube.com/graceatarms.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.  Image is a screen capture from a video of said performance available at http://youtube.com/graceatarms.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.  Image is a screen capture from a video of said performance available at http://youtube.com/graceatarms.

Unfortunately, a headache and a soul-deep hatred for iMovie later, I realized that it would take dozens of hours to complete the project given my lack of professional video editing software and iMovie’s lack of anything you might ever want in a video editing program.

Salvage!

Fortunately, I was so proud of my lights-and-mics rig, that I left it up while I was trying to mix the videos. As soon as I realized the plans needed to change, I charged off and recorded a single-take version of Iris… with a really awesome background.

“Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls

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